Austin Sersen

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In Memory of Stanley Sersen Jr

Personal note:

This year, I am deciding to ride for an organization that hits home for me.  My grandfather, Stanley Sersen Jr, lived with Parkinson's during the later years of his life, the parts that are most clearly remembered in my mind from their Lake Okeechobee double wide home at the KOA where golf carts and tricycles abounded.  

The challenge: Ride 2000 kilometres, the round-trip distance between Złotki (Poland) and Bremerhaven in Germany where my Polish ancestry boarded a ship for Baltimore.  I will attempt to raise a dollar for every kilometre traveled in fighting this horrible mental disease that could very well impact me some day.  

Also worth noting: cycling has shown to lessen the severity of Parkinson's and other cognitive decline diseases.  Do yourself a favour and hop on a bike, for your physical and mental health!


Background:

This summer I am taking part in Pedaling for Parkinson's - a cycling event that was created to raise awareness about Parkinson's and raise funds for research. Your donations support the Pedaling for Parkinson’s Research Grant and the Parkinson Canada Research Program.

As part of the event, I’ve set a challenging personal distance goal and am tracking my miles.

Parkinson's is a neurodegenerative disease. Movement is normally controlled by dopamine, a chemical that carries signals between the nerves in the brain. When cells that normally produce dopamine die, the symptoms of Parkinson's appear. Currently, there is no cure. The need is only increasing. More than 25 Canadians are diagnosed with Parkinson's every day; more than one person every hour. By 2031, the number of people living with Parkinson’s in Canada will more than double. Your support fuels the increasing need for research to improve quality of life and ultimately find a cure.

With your support we can help Parkinson Canada realize their vision of a better life today for Canadians living with Parkinson's; a world without Parkinson's tomorrow.

My Achievements

Looking Sharp: Uploaded Personal Picture

Communicator: Sent First Fundraising Email

Clipped In: First Activity Tracked

Fundraising Goal Met!

I Made a Personal Donation

Downstroke: $500 Raised

Peloton: $2,000+ Raised

On the Way: Halfway to KM Goal

Go the Distance: KM Goal Achieved

Thank you to my Sponsors

$100

Tim Sersen

Proud of you Bud! And thanks for raising awareness for what took my father from us. Love you!

$50

Austin Sersen

$50

Ryan Sersen

$25

Dayna Wiebe

Glad to hear you're cycling an ambitious 2000km for a good cause. Happy and healthy riding!